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A day that was unique as it was beautiful. What was planned as a wedding day turned into a celebration of love and life...

Kate & Steve


The beautifully intimate wedding of 

Florals - Violets & Velvet

Gown - Grace Love Lace

Her shoes - Jimmy Choo

Hair - Alex Szabo

Make Up - Nikki Make Up 

Grooms styling - Paul Smith 

His shoes - Christian Louboutin 

Venue - Gaynes Park, Essex 

The venue was Gaynes Park in Essex and the day was just wonderful.It was a little bright and quite warm, but perfect nonetheless. Kate wore a beautiful dress and veil from Grace loves Lace finished off with a gorgeous flower crown. 

The Groom wore a tailored Paul Smith black suit and each of them were wearing quite possibly the best wedding shoes I have ever shot. Kate said I do in Jimmy Choo and Steve chose a pair or black suede Christian Louboutins.

Kate was serenaded down the aisle by her friend Michael. 

"Marc went above and beyond through every step of the process and created a series of beautiful pictures that really captures the essence of us as a couple and our day"

Kate & Steve 

 because by the time this wedding had come around the Bride and Groom were already married
(to each other, I hasten to add!)

This day was a little different from most of the weddings i have photographed before,

Kate got in touch and told me they were eloping to Las Vegas because in her words: 
"we just want to be married to each other" How beautiful is that?
I decided this was an opportunity to do something special for this very special couple. 

On the morning of their flight, I travelled to Gatwick airport and stood in the field at the end of the runway. When their plane took off, I snapped a few pics and by the time they arrived at their destination the photos were waiting for them! 

Steve couldn't contain his emotions when he saw her.
She was a vision. 

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